The grades are out for the schools of Indiana according to the new metrics put in place by Tony Bennett, the current State School Superintendent. He is proclaiming victory with the 60% of schools in Indiana who received As and Bs by the new standards. Of course, only two of the seven Marion Community Schools squeaked by with a passing C. The rest are Ds or Fs.
In fact, if you download and glance through the 2012 School Grade Results, you'll see that a preponderance of the schools that have significant poverty and diversity, especially in urban areas, did very poorly. There are many issues swirling here and I'm only on the edge of them, but they have all come up in the debates between Bennett and Ritz.
One question is of course whether the standards themselves are appropriate. Another is whether the amount of paperwork and data collection in relation to the standards has become oppressive. The current approach largely blames teachers for the grades. The logic is, "Our schools are failing because our teachers don't do a good job," as opposed to the counterclaim that, "There are significant underlying social issues that bias students in certain areas for failure."
Whatever the truth might be in relation to the details, I know what Jesus is most concerned about, given his focus on earth. He did not come for the healthy but for the sick. If Jesus were here, where would he teach? He would be focusing on the lives of those to whom life has handed a recipe for failure.